The Most Profitable Home Additions You Can Make to Your Property

Renovating your property is not only a great way of making your home look nicer, bigger and more modern, it can also be used as a very powerful investment tool.

Here are some of the most profitable additions you can make to your property.

  1. Kitchen Remodel

Having a new, modern kitchen can make your home irresistible to buyers! If you want a good return on your investment, make sure you appeal to the masses by choosing materials and features that most people like. Avoid making the space too personalised, while you may love art-deco, others may not. Keeping it simple and modern with neutral tones and stainless steel appliances is a great way to attract more buyers and therefore a higher return on your investment.

  1. Bathroom Upgrade

Similarly to the kitchen, bathrooms are also an important feature that buyers will critique when deciding whether or not to buy a home. Neutral tones are important in bathrooms so avoid bold, bright colours or ‘beach themes’. Buyers want to be able to feel like they can make the space their own, rather than having to fit in with someone else’s predetermined style. Spacious showers and good quality vanities and sinks will also go a long way.

  1. Timber Decks

Adding a Timber deck to the home can not only make the property feel bigger and more spacious, it brings about thoughts for the buyers of family BBQ’s, gatherings and outdoor conversations which can be very enticing. Decks also have a great proven history of return on investment so adding one is a great way to add value to the home.

Crossan Building Services are experts in home renovations and extensions. Contact us today for more information about how we can help add value to your property.

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Remodeling Your Home? Why You Should Get Advice from an Expert Renovations Builder

Renovating is a great way to bring new life to your home and with property trends constantly changing, more and more home owners are choosing to renovate rather than move.

While it may be tempting to jump right in and get your hands dirty, doing it yourself comes with many risks and safety hazards. It’s better to speak to an expert renovation builder before you start.

Expert builders such as Crossan Building Services have extensive experience and knowledge in what to do and more importantly, what not to do when it comes to renovations and extensions. They can consult with you on the best ways to turn your ideas for your ‘dream home’ into a reality while making sure that it’s done safely.

So, you’ve decided you want to take a wall down, that’s great however, there are some walls that can be taken down without a problem and some walls that if removed, may compromise the structural integrity of the home. Crossan Builders can assess this and check to ensure these walls are safe for removal or additional load bearing and bracing can be achieved. Renovations builders will also be able to determine where the drainage and plumbing pipes are to avoid accidentally damaging them; this can end up costing a fortune to fix!

CROSSAN BUILDING will discuss cost estimates before you go ahead to ensure that what you are doing meets your budget. Renovating should add value to your home and make it more appealing for yourself and for potential buyers if and when you decide to sell so make sure you consult with experts such as Crossan Building Service before you start your project.

Contact us today to find out how we can help!

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The Latest Trends in Bathroom Renovations

No longer are bathrooms simply a functional place for us to wash away a hard day’s work. In recent years, we have seen bathrooms transform into a place we go to escape, unwind and relax. As we are spending more and more time in our bathrooms, we want the design and style of the room to give us that ‘de-stress’ atmosphere.

In 2017, we have seen some of the quirkier, novelty trends fade out and as such we’ve seen a rise in the ‘timeless’ look. While smaller tiles, like mosaic, octagonal, penny and subway, will continue to appear, large-format tiling is becoming increasingly popular in bathroom trends this year.

Not only do large-format tiles look minimalistic and stylish, they serve a functional purpose. They are much easier to clean- large tiles mean less grout! The only downside is that large-format tiles and slabs, especially in heavy materials, require a strong substrate and reinforcing this may add costs to your renovation.

Although lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your bathroom renovation, it’s an important element that can completely transform the room. This year we are seeing lighting become more than practicality with flexible options that allow you to change the lighting to suit the time of day as well as your mood. Some of these lighting options include sensor lights and LED strips under joinery, dimmable lights, coloured mood lighting and feature lights.

Style experts have said this year that ‘curves’ are in and we are going back to more organic shapes. Although we are seeing sharp, square bath shapes, experts believe this trend will be short lived and baths with angles aren’t as body friendly as those with rounded contours.

For all the information you need on starting your bathroom renovation in Brisbane, contact us today.

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The Benefits of Open Plan Living Spaces

Many years ago, homes were designed with lots of separate rooms, the idea being the more rooms the better. This is no longer the case as the combination of smaller block sizes and entertaining focused lifestyles means that modern homes are now designed and built with open floor plans. Most people who renovate older homes will elect to knock down at least one wall for the same reasons. There is no doubt open plan living is officially in and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere!

Open plan living boasts many benefits. It creates a seamless flow of living which makes it much easier to move throughout the home and communicate with your family and guests. It means you can be in the kitchen cooking dinner and still watch the TV in the lounge room; something that isn’t always possible in older style homes where the lounge and dining rooms were separated from the kitchen with walls and doors.

Open plan spaces also allow more light to flow through the home. Natural light from the windows can travel further with open plan living and non natural light isn’t restricted to just one room. One of the first things people notice when they knock down a wall in the home is how much brighter the space feels.

Houses built with open plan spaces give the appearance of more space. For example, the same size area will look much smaller if divided into two rooms, rather than leaving it open. As the population grows and high density living increases, more and more people are opting to go for open plan homes to create the feel of more space, even if they don’t have much.

If you would like to know more about open plan living or wish to improve your home with a brand-new renovation, contact our renovation building team today!

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Give Your Home a Modern Makeover with a Brand-New Home Renovation

Renovating your home can be a long and stressful task, particularly if you are going it alone. The alternative to DIY renovations is to hire a team of experts. Many people have big ideas for their home renovations but executing these ideas in a professional way with style, design and practicality in mind can be a different story all together. Our team of highly skilled renovation builders in southside Brisbane are the perfect people for the job!

Everyone wants to keep up to date with the latest trends for their home so modern makeovers are always a popular choice. There are many different interpretations of the term ‘modern’ and they aren’t always great. The challenge with modern makeovers is knowing what’s ‘trendy’ and what’s timeless. If you are planning on renovating your home, you many be planning to say there for a long time or you may even be looking to renovate for the purpose of adding value to the home. Whatever the reason, you should approach it with flexibility and timelessness in mind. The great thing is, the most popular modern home renovation theme at the moment is timelessness!

Our team of experts can consult with you about the vision you have for your home and will be able to give you the best possible advice. Our job is to make the vision you have of your home, a reality. Whether that’s taking down walls to create an open living area, upgrading your bath or shower, adding shelf space throughout the home; whatever your need, we can help.

By using our professional services for your modern home makeover, you are ensuring your renovation will be done by an expert, in a timely manner.

For more information, get in contact with our team today!

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The Latest Trends in Bathroom Renovations

No longer are bathrooms simply a functional place for us to wash away a hard day’s work. In recent years, we have seen bathrooms transform into a place we go to escape, unwind and relax. As we are spending more and more time in our bathrooms, we want the design and style of the room to give us that ‘de-stress’ atmosphere.

In 2017, we have seen some of the quirkier, novelty trends fade out and as such we’ve seen a rise in the ‘timeless’ look. While smaller tiles, like mosaic, octagonal, penny and subway, will continue to appear, large-format tiling is becoming increasingly popular in bathroom trends this year.

Not only do large-format tiles look minimalistic and stylish, they serve a functional purpose. They are much easier to clean- large tiles mean less grout! The only downside is that large-format tiles and slabs, especially in heavy materials, require a strong substrate and reinforcing this may add costs to your renovation.

Although lighting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning your bathroom renovation, it’s an important element that can completely transform the room. This year we are seeing lighting become more than practicality with flexible options that allow you to change the lighting to suit the time of day as well as your mood. Some of these lighting options include sensor lights and LED strips under joinery, dimmable lights, coloured mood lighting and feature lights.

Style experts have said this year that ‘curves’ are in and we are going back to more organic shapes. Although we are seeing sharp, square bath shapes, experts believe this trend will be short lived and baths with angles aren’t as body friendly as those with rounded contours.

For all the information you need on starting your bathroom renovation in Brisbane,contact us today.

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Why Using Professionals For Kitchen Renovations Is Always The Best Choice

Renovating your kitchen might seem like a relatively easy thing to do all on your own. With a few simple tools and the right can-do attitude, just about every willing and able bodied handyman out there in Brisbane can take care of it, right? Not quite! DIY work can be extremely dangerous – particularly when it comes to dealing with delicate things such as plumbing and electricity (a hazardous combination, if ever there was one!).

If you’re after quality kitchen renovation services, ditch the DIY route and opt for the expert approach: using fully trained Southside professionals and nationally accredited builders for any kitchen renovation work always ends up being the best choice. Not only will you and your loved ones be getting the best service possible, you’ll also be effectively steering clear of all the highly dangerous and significant safety risks associated with DIY work – hazards which could result in potentially life threatening consequences.

To ensure a premium grade professional finish, have professionals install the cabinets, tiling, benchtops and backsplashes of your kitchen for you. As the busy and beating heart of every home in Brisbane, kitchens ultimately serve as the single most influential area when it comes time to sell your house. So of course, you’d want any building work – be it a minor renovation or a total kitchen makeover – done right. A major benefit of hiring a team of professional Ipswich builders is that they come with extensive experience: in possessing a whole host of skills and tools, they are able to efficiently and cost effectively utilise their vast array of design knowledge – which styles look best, which materials will stand the test of time, which surfaces will provide optimal functioning – in order to meet your kitchen’s own unique set of needs while utilising the space you have.

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The Hidden Dangers & Costs of DIY Renovations

When it comes to any form of DIY renovation, there exist a whole host of hidden dangers and ultimately expensive costs in choosing this seeming cost effective building method. Without the expert knowledge of a fully qualified industry professional, following the correct safety measures and risk avoidance protocols are less likely to happen when any individual decides to undertake DIY work. There’s a reason tradespeople and highly efficient Brisbane builders are always in such high demand: their industry requires dedication, hard work, and thorough quality assurance – all the while underpinned by the strictest and tightest of safety measures. These protocols aren’t put into place to slow building down: they are always carefully considered and implemented accordingly in order to ensure the safety of workers, staff, and every single other individual out there on the work site. This includes the very real danger of encountering Asbestos in addition to safely handling and disposing of it.

DIY work – be it comprehensively renovating a bathroom or performing a total kitchen makeover in Brisbane – can, in theory, seem like a great way to save big: you don’t have to pay contractors, wait around and depend on their schedules; you can work at your own pace, there’s no rush or stress… Wrong! More often than not, DIY work ends up taking far longer than expected: in some cases, it can last years or even go totally unfinished indefinitely. In the long run, amateur DIY work performed impractically and without the proper set of tools, know-how, and industry leading experience can essentially end up costing you far more than you could ever possibly imagine due to mistakes made. Inexperience due to poor workmanship with electricity and plumbing ultimately leads to a shoddy and unsatisfying end result – not to mention it can be highly dangerous and illegal.

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Outgrowing Your Beloved Family Home? Gain Living Space with a New Extension!

One of the great and wonderful things about families is simply that they grow and bring even more joy. However, sometimes it can feel like you and your loved ones need to move out and expand – getting yourselves into a brand new home in order to support that growth. But wait! What if you love the property you are in now – the one you’ve resided in for years, maybe even decades? A home that holds all your family’s most cherished memories and moments can be incredibly difficult to leave. If your family is starting to outgrow their beloved, long time home but aren’t quite ready to leave it all behind just yet, then don’t worry – you don’t have to!

If the size of your house isn’t quite keeping up with the size of your family, then perhaps it’s time you look to extending your home, rather than going through all the stress and hassle of having to search the market for a new one. Gaining new living space has now been made even easier, thanks to the availability of high quality home extension services. When conducted by professionally accredited builders, they can be the optimal solution for any increasingly crowded home.

Are you suffering from space problems? Be sure to contact a fully licenced builder to discuss the home extension options open to you. Thanks to their help and the industry leading expertise on offer, they’ll be able to quickly and efficiently guide you through almost every step of your next big home extension project. The team here at Crossan Building Services are more than capable of catering to a wide range of home extension needs right here in Brisbane. If moving out isn’t appealing, then renovating your home might just be the ideal answer for you and your family.

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Minimise Your Costs & Stress: Find a Builder Who Does It All

Here at Crossan Building Services, we’re proud to offer clients all over Brisbane with complete home renovation solutions for their next building project – whatever it may be! As a QBCC Licenced Builder, we’ll be able to take care of all your renovation needs: thanks to over twenty two years of industry leading experience, we’ve been able to provide Ipswich and other areas all across Brisbane with a whole host of professional and premium quality services. These include everything from:

With the help of our skid steer loader and 1.8 tonne excavator, our builders are able to also focus on highly efficient and cost effective structural landscaping work in addition to much, much more! For the building of balustrades and built in wardrobes; cabinet making and cladding; staircase, garage, and carport construction, look no further than Crossan Building Services for all of your building needs: we’ll do it all right that very first time.

Normally, you’d have to find different contractors for all these services – each with their own different contracts and individual prices – as well as effectively manage the contacts themselves. Luckily for you, choosing us means just having to hire the one tradesperson to dutifully perform all those tasks for you, instead of a squadron of teams and tradespeople! In Stuart Crossan, you’ve found yourself a builder based in Brisbane who does it all – waterproofing and flood repairs; concreting and demolition; even earthmoving and excavation. When it comes to that next big building project or home renovation, minimising all your costs and reducing stress simply couldn’t be easier.

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